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After VfB farewell: Erik Thommy before moving to the USA

His contract with VfB Stuttgart was not extended. Erik Thommy is now about to move to Major League Soccer (MLS) with Sporting Kansas City.

From the basement to the basement: Erik Thommy.
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The negotiations between Thommy and the club from the state of Missouri are largely complete, with the final details still to be clarified. Above all, the not-so-simple residency and employment laws in the USA also require some time before the native of Ulm can sign a contract and put on his football boots again.

Thommy, who wore the VfB shirt for the first time in January 2018 and meanwhile played for Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2019/20 season, is about to take the next step in his changeable career.

Teams from Russia also showed interest

For a long time there were reports that the professional with Kazakh roots, whose expiring contract with the Stuttgart team was not extended, would be drawn east. Dynamo Moscow and other clubs from the capital have shown interest in the past. Even a naturalization was in the room to play for the Sbornaja, Russia’s selection. Now it’s going to the West for a free transfer instead.

In Stuttgart, the 27-year-old only found happiness to a limited extent. The winger, who is regarded as a model professional, should not really succeed in breaking through to become a regular. Sometimes injuries stopped him, such as a broken elbow or a tilted pelvis. Sometimes he just couldn’t get past the competition like Borna Sosa or, most recently, Chris Führich and Omar Marmoush. Nevertheless, Thommy completed 54 competitive games for the Swabians and 34 appearances for Düsseldorf during his time at VfB.

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Now it’s on in Kansas. Out of white-red, into blue-white. From the basement to the basement. From VfB, who had just been saved from relegation, to bottom of the table in the Western Conference in the MLS. After 16 matchdays and 14 games played, coach Peter Vermes’ team is at the bottom of the table.

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